Mail-Order Catalog Day

August 18, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning convenient shopping fans. Today is Thursday, August 18th. The holidays today are:

Mail-Order Catalog Day 

Mail-Order Catalog Day marks the date in 1872 when Montgomery Ward published the first mail-order catalog. It was only a single sheet of paper. By 1904, their catalog had grown to hundreds of pages, and weighed over 4 pounds. Soon after Montgomery Ward published their first catalog, other retailers such as sears Roebuck followed suit and the mail-order industry was firmly established. For much of the early and mid 20th century, mail-order was the only practical way for people in rural communities to make major purchases such as appliances and machinery. Often the nearest retail establishment was a hundred or more miles away, so mail-order provided a more convenient way to shop. In the late 1970’s, stores like KMart, and Walmart had began opening stores in these rural areas, and the demand for mail-order waned. In 1985, Montgomery Ward closed their catalog sales operation.
Since the popularity and accessibility of the internet has increased in the last decade, those bulky, bothersome, now seemingly outdated catalogs have been replaced by online shopping. Online shopping is easier, quicker, and more convenient. Now, he only question that remains is: “What are those people who live in rural communities going to use when they run out of toilet paper?”

Birth Control Pills Day

Birth Control Pills Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1960 when the G.D. Searle company sold the first oral contraceptives under the brand name Envoid. Endocrinologist Gregory Pincus (1903-1967) researched female hormones and co-founded the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology in Worcester, Massachusetts. Although scientists in the 1920’s had already discovered progesterone’s ovulation-preventing properties, they did not have a way to make it available for use.  In the 1950’s Pincus and his colleagues focused their efforts on developing a hormone combination that would fool the woman’s body into thinking it was already pregnant, thus keeping any new ova (eggs) from being released. Because contraception was illegal in Massachusetts at the time, the pill was tested as an infertility treatment. In 1960 the Federal Drug Administration approved the first contraceptive pill.

National Fajita Day

National Fajita Day is a brand new holiday celebrated for the first time this year. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina created National Fajita Day and submitted it for approval by the National Day Calendar, and it was approved last month for celebration on this date. No reason was given regarding why this date was chosen. [On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is the world’s largest Mexican casual dining brand with more than 150 restaurants in 34 states, Puerto Rico, Asia and the Middle East].
Fajitas were originally made from throwaway cuts of beef by Mexican vaqueros in Southwest Texas. They developed into a regional staple in the early 1930’s. Steak was cooked over an open fire or grill and served it with flour or corn tortillas. Fresh Pico de gallo, guacamole and southwestern spices elevated the fajita, introducing it to new audiences as it later became a destination food in the culinary world. As their popularity grew, fajitas added colorful flair to Tex-Mex menus with sizzling platters full of bright peppers, onions, tender steak, shrimp, chicken or pork with freshly made tortillas. By the 1980’s, most Mexican restaurants in the United States served fajitas. In the modern culinary kitchen, lime, cilantro and a plethora of vegetables find their way into a fajita along with the perfect seasonings. Grilling with mesquite adds a smoky flavor and bacon adds crunch. Of course, who could forget the cheese? With their festive presentations in fine Mexican restaurants today, the fajita has come a long way from its humble skirt steak trimmings origin.

National Soft Ice Cream Day 

Soft Ice cream, aka “soft serve” ice cream, is a form of frozen custard that has been around for about a century. Although its exact origins are unknown, we do know that the first references to soft ice cream appeared in the early 1900’s. At that time, only a few types existed. Now, most ice cream shops serve a variety of fun flavors.
Dairy Queen is credited with being the originators of the first commercially successful soft-serve ice cream franchise when they served a “soft frozen dairy product” in 1938.

Helium Discovery Day

National Bad Poetry Day

Serendipity Day

On this date in:

  • 1587 – Virginia Dare became the first child to be born on American soil of English parents. The colony that is now Roanoke Island, NC, mysteriously vanished.
  • 1846 – Gen. Stephen W. Kearney and his U.S. forces captured Santa Fe, NM.
  • 1894 – The Bureau of Immigration was established by Congress.
  • 1914 – The “Proclamation of Neutrality” was issued by President Woodrow Wilson. It was aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.
  • 1916 – Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace was made into a national shrine.
  • 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the Consrtitution was ratified. It granted women the right to vote.
  • 1938 – The Thousand Islands Bridge was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The bridge connects the U.S. and Canada.
  • 1940 – Canada and the United States established a joint defense plan against the possible enemy attacks during World War II.
  • 1963 – James Meredith became the first black man to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
  • 1966 – The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S.
  • 1982 – The longest baseball game was played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. It went 21 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1.
  • 1991 – An unsuccessful coup was attempted in against President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The Soviet hard-liners were responsible. Gorbachev and his family were effectively imprisoned for three days while vacationing in Crimea.
  • 1997 – Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute’s 158-year history.
  • 1997 – Patrick Swayze received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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